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Wisdom of the Desert Fathers and Mothers

Ancient Advice for the Modern World

Fr Philip Bochanski



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Saint Benedict Press
23 April 2020
Seek for meetings with holy men and women.

These words from fifth-century bishop Palladius ring as true today as they did 1600 years ago. Palladius wrote of his visit to the deserts of Egypt where he spent a decade in conversation with some of the many men and women who lived in caves, huts and monasteries, seeking solitude for prayer and a life alone with God alone.

And now you can visit those same holy mystics and hermit. Through their own words, you will learn:

how they were able to make a complete offering of themselves to God acquire great wisdom and insight into the spiritual life, spread this great wisdom across the desert...and the world and how you can bring their holiness and wisdom to bear in a busy world Even in their own time, the greatest and wisest of these monks and nuns were recognized as abbas ( fathers ) and ammas ( mothers ), and their life stories and their sayings were collected and widely, but through the years we have unfortunately lost connection to these holy ones.

Like the monks themselves, the teachings of the desert are characterized by their simplicity, their practicality, and their timelessness. Although they were developed amid circumstances quite different from modern urban life, you will find them readily adaptable and applicable to your own daily circumstances.
By:   Fr Philip Bochanski
Imprint:   Saint Benedict Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 224mm,  Width: 145mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   318g
ISBN:   9781505114157
ISBN 10:   1505114152
Pages:   220
Publication Date:   23 April 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Father Philip G. Bochanski, a native of suburban Philadelphia, was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 1999. In addition to several parish assignments, he has served as a high school teacher, chaplain for cloistered nuns, and spiritual director for seminarians. In 2017, he was appointed executive director of Courage International, an apostolate that provides pastoral care to men and women who experience same sex attractions and have chosen to live a chaste life. He is an award-winning author, and has published several articles, books and audio lecture series on such topics as Church history, spirituality and pastoral care.

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